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Reasons for Your Teen to Work (Part III)

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Teen jobs help teens establish independence.

Working during school years encourages balance

Although it’s true that holding down a job can disturb school work, this strain is also a crucial lesson. Teens who work while still going to school learn about the hardships of an adult life full of responsibilities and have a chance to explore how they will balance all of the commitments as an adult.

Part-time job searching is a good exercise for future job searches

When an adult has trouble finding a job, it’s a huge deal, but teens who work to find employment don’t have so much at stake. Doing a job search as a teen is a good time to teach kids skills like filling out an application, putting together a resume, learning how to dress professionally, and learning how to give a good interview.

Learning these skills at a young age can help teens to be ready when it’s time to do a career-launching job search. This also includes learning not to procrastinate when either looking for a job or returning a phone call for an internship or job interview.

Part-time jobs may spark lifelong careers

One would hope that a teen’s part-time job as a dishwasher doesn’t turn out to be a career move. But work little odd jobs as a teen can prove to be a career booster. Teens who work in a restaurant in high school may be encouraged to start their own restaurant or bakery after college or become a chef. Others might be turned on to a field they might not have considered before. For example, a summer job at the local airport might spark an interest in aviation.

Teen jobs develop confidence

As teens work at a part-time job, they learn just how able they are, developing self-reliance and confidence. This can aid teens in being more independent and creating a sense of responsibility as a young adult.


Reasons for Your Teen to Work (Part II)

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Teens can build connections through part-time work

Another good way that part-time work benefits a teen’s resume? References. By working part-time, teens can get contacts with adult employers that can act as references and give recommendations in the future. These connections may even be able to provide future job opportunities.

Students can help with their own college fund

Having a job as a teen helps develop a work ethic.

Obviously, teens want to spend their part-time earnings on the fun stuff. But they must spend it responsibly as well. By saving all or some of their part-time earnings, teens can put a big dent in their college expenses, relieving a load off their parents and eliminating costly student loans that can halt post-graduate financial growth.

Work offers a constructive use for free time

Teens who might be bored find something good to do in their hours after school. Working offers adult supervision for teen workers, giving them a positive activity after school. Keeping teens busy, instead of just talking and texting on their cell phone, just might be vital in keeping them out of trouble in the afternoon and evening.

Teen employment fosters a healthy transition to adulthood

Having a job is a vital stepping stone to adulthood. With a job, teens are able to practice self-reliance and independence. This is very true for teens coming from a life of poverty, giving them a chance to have a better life.

Teens who work may earn higher grades in school

Another good part of the balancing lesson that comes along with teen work: better grades. Research has shown that students who work 10 to 15 hours a week during the school year get higher grades than students who don’t work at all. It’s probably having a limited amount of time to get school work done inspires teens to actually do it rather than put it off and forget about it.